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On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman

June 3, 2010 - Author: R. Lynn Lane - 8 Comments

After you read this you will know if you are one of the Sheep, Wolves or Sheepdogs.

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs – Dave Grossman

By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of “On Killing.”

The following is an excerpt from On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs by Dave Grossman

Go to the link at the bottom of the page for the complete article.

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:

“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed

Complete Article—>Here

If you find yourself with the sheep…please hang with the sheepdogs!

Lynn Lane

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Discussion (8 Comments)

  1. Hi Lynn,

    Um, I’m a cross-breed? Mainly sheep and sheepdog. Sometimes I have a Wolf side that only rarely raises its head.

    Excellent points for success.

    Do you think sheepdogs do well to “hang” with other sheepdogs to sharpen the saw? Or perhaps our teeth and barking techniques?

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    April Braswell
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  2. I am a sheep! I admit it. My husband would most definitely be a sheepdog. Interesting article.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  3. I’m a sheepdog (or mother bear) if someone threatens my children. But for the most part, I’d be in the sheep famiy I think.

    Peggy Larson
    Quilting – Colors and Fun!

  4. How are you, I read all your posts, keep them coming.

  5. Interesting perspective and analogies you offer in this post.

    My only quibble is using the Wolf as the evil
    predator, which is contrary to what wolves are really like (at least in my experience).

    Most wolves only attack the weakest animal when theya re very very hungry. They dont mess with healthy animals and they steer clear of humans every chance they get.

    But I understand the use of analogy and story, so even though I am a big supporter of saving wolves, the message was well received.


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  6. [...] 982 I almost never post on LEO stuff because of the shit storm it creates. I will say this very few, LEO's believe in the federal government. Very few LEO's feel that the government has our/your best interest in mind. At the end of the shift/day we have the same concerns as patriot citizens, parents, husbands as any other free person. Its an unpopular job. It is not glamorous. The sacrifices and toll it takes ones home life and a family are rarely understood and unseen unless you have filled those shoes for a number of years. LEO's are necessary because there are sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. I might add that the sheep out number the wolves and the sheepdogs but the wolves are on the rise because the sheep seek to de-fang and restrain the sheepdog. This is done so the sheep can go about their daily life and feel better about the would as a whole because they have a more civilized life. I am pro constitution as is everyone of my brother officers. I enforce the law according to the constitution. If you are unfortunate enough to see me you have either been a victim, victimized another or have violated the law. I use more discretion on taking people to jail or infringing on peoples rights than could ever be imagined. Anytime an officer dies at the hands of a another the citizens should realize we are getting one step closer to the end. You would think that citizens would be infuriated by the act of killing a person who is there to protect others. If you feel that officers do not protect others that is your opinion. Every one thinks that they can handle a deadly situation, which may be true. But the question is can you handle every one of them, can you be at your kids school and at the same time protect your other family members who are working, shopping, driving? The truth is that we can't be everywhere at once, no one can, we all need each other (citizens). LEO's being killed should be a loud warning that its about to get much, much worse if everyone does not get on the same page and work together. Anarchy seems exciting and fun until it comes around to your family and way of life.On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs ? Dave Grossman | Success Training,Personal Mojo,Personal Developmen… [...]

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  8. by John

    I listened to this speech verbatim by Larry Van Buskirk on a CD done for the LIFE program. I don’t recall a disclaimer saying he hadn’t written it, so I’m a little confused. Who did?
    Curious for an answer to that, but have to add that it’s one of the most eye opening statements about reality in today’s world that I’ve ever heard. Thanks and congrats to ‘whoever?’.

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